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Proverbs 27 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:1 - Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:2 - Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:3 - A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:4 - Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:5 - Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:7 - One who is full loathes honey,
but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:8 - Like a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who strays from his home.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:9 - Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:10 - Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,
and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbor who is near
than a brother who is far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:11 - Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
that I may answer him who reproaches me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:12 - The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:13 - Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:14 - Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:15 - A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:16 - to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp[fn] oil in one’s right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:17 - Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:18 - Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who guards his master will be honored.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:19 - As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:20 - Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:21 - The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and a man is tested by his praise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:22 - Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
along with crushed grain,
yet his folly will not depart from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:23 - Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:24 - for riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:25 - When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:26 - the lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:27 - There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for the food of your household
and maintenance for your girls.
ESV Footnotes
Or and so does the sweetness of a friend that comes from his earnest counsel
Hebrew a foreign woman; a slight emendation yields (compare Vulgate; see also 20:16) foreigners
Hebrew to meet with
Hebrew sharpens the face of another

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